Hello! Today I’m pleased to welcome you to JuliaPalooza for my stop on the Blog Tour for Now You See Me by Chris McGeorge, which is available now (links below).
About the book
My name is Matthew McConnell. You’ve probably heard my story. I took five of my friends on a boat through the longest canal tunnel in England.
It takes two hours and twenty-six minutes to travel through that tunnel. Six of us entered that tunnel but I was the only one to come out.
It was pitch black in there – I don’t know what happened to them. But I’m the only suspect. And if I don’t find out how they disappeared, I’ll be sentenced to murder.
Having thoroughly enjoyed Chris McGeorge‘s debut, Guess Who, I was delighted to be able to join the tour for Now You See Me.
The premise is fantastic and I really liked the set-up: having Robin – and his own mystery – as our lead character gave the book a great structure. The story has surprising twists and turns and, at each possible point, Chris McGeorge took the plot in a direction I could not have predicted.
I sympathised with Robin and I was intrigued by his sad tale and gripped by the unique central mystery. It is a completely compelling set up and you do get swept away by Chris McGeorge‘s descriptions of the creepiness of the location and the small-town-with-secrets vibe. The plot keeps you reading and you really do want some answers. When they come, they are pretty heartbreaking.
The ending is clever but, personally, I was not convinced by the motivation and/or need for the actions described (being deliberately vague here) and a couple of the reveals at the end felt a little flat, rushed or unexplored.
Really though I am only being picky and this is another great and original mystery thriller from Chris McGeorge. I highly recommend it as a thoroughly readable caper, and am really keen to see what he writes next.
Thank you to NetGalley and Orion for the ARC of Now You See Me and to Tracy Fenton for my spot on the blog tour.
About the Blog Tour
Please check out the rest of the reviews on the tour for Now You See Me: